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Until 2010 this fabulous building had been shrouded with overgrown bushes and tall evergreens. Neighbors had wondered for years what secrets lay behind the greenery of a building rumored to have been designed by a famous architect… that is until 2010, when the current owners bought the property and began to polish this gem designed by the famous Chicago and Edgewater architect J.E.O. Pridmore, which now bears his name on the transom over the entrance. The building design shows the influence of the Arts and Crafts era with clean lines and careful craftsmanship.

The building was permitted in 1911 by a lawyer named Daniel F. Flannery and his wife Matie, who hired Pridmore as the architect. In late 1919 the Flannerys sold the building to David F. Curtin, a wealthy retired inventor. Curtin did not stay there long – in 1922 he bought the Conway mansion at the northwest corner of Sheridan and Granville (also on today’s tour). Early 1914 tenants also included William Bates Price, president of the Price & Teeple Piano Co., and his wife Natalie.

The current owners have made every effort to restore the building to its original vintage splendor and have completed two of the three units. The apartment on today’s tour, the second floor, has over 3000 square feet, with five bedrooms, three full baths, and spacious, sunny living spaces.

Coming into the building, you will notice the lovely large grand blue planters on either side of the door, then the namesake transom over the door and the lobby’s mosaic floor tiles.

Entering the apartment, you are immediately taken by the all the windows, original wood floors, and handsome wood moldings and built-in cabinetry throughout the unit. A baby grand piano still leaves plenty of room in the foyer. To the right is a huge living room with a sun bay on the west, a green-tile fireplace surrounded by built-in bookshelves, and stained-glass windows. Off to the north is what can only be described as a “pocket sunroom,” perfect for morning coffee and tending to summer plants in the window boxes. This room is above the front entrance.

To the left of the foyer is a large, open dining room and study area with intersecting ceiling beams and plenty of light. Heading east through the original wooden pantry is a modern kitchen, the only room that does not have the original wood flooring. Glass tile and granite have been used with the new cabinets and stainless steel appliances. A laundry room is off the kitchen.

Leading from the foyer to the south and east is a unique central corridor that takes a serpentine route past the bedrooms and baths. The unusual wood-and-glass transoms that face this central corridor from not only the bedrooms but also from the closets (perhaps for air, perhaps for light?) add character to these interior spaces. One bathroom is restored with a vintage tub, subway tiles and an original wooden medicine chest.

Eventually you will come to a second, larger sunroom at the rear of the apartment with an eight-foot-tall French door, perfect for an artist’s studio; one can only imagine the wonderful view of the lake from here before it was obstructed by high-rises. Circling back to the kitchen, you will pass a “mudroom” just inside the rear entrance that faces the brick-enclosed rear landing.